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Farmhouse Fresh

by Sandra Ramani

Beach Plum Farm is a regenerative farm with a restaurant, a market and five idyllic cottages

The area around the historic vacation town of Cape May, New Jersey, was once also a hub for agriculture, and today you’ll find that tradition alive and well at Beach Plum Farm. Operating year-round, the 62-acre farm is home to everything from gardens and greenhouses growing over 100 different fruits and vegetables to chicken coops, pig pens, beehives and plots of edible flowers. It’s also got a restaurant and market, and five idyllic cottages—including an original 1800s carriage house, a 1930s Sears, Roebuck home and two Amish-built barns—where guests can check in to enjoy peace, relaxation and goodies grown just outside their door.

 Much of the property is protected marshland, so head farmer Christina Albert and her team work just seven acres of it using regenerative and sustainable methods; fields are rotated, herbicides are avoided and care is taken to attract native birds (and, in season, monarch butterflies). The resulting bounty is used by area chefs and bartenders and sold in the farm’s market, and cottage guests can opt to have their kitchens stocked with fresh produce and house-brand gourmet products; they are also welcome to collect eggs and pick herbs during their stay. 

Special culinary-themed weekends include mixology classes, hands on farm tours and chef-crafted, farm-to-table meals. In between tasty activities, stroll the on-site trails, or use your cottage’s bike or golf cart to head to sister property Congress Hall’s Sea Spa, which uses seaweed powered OSEA products to honor the coastal location. 

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